One of the most versatile Twenty20 batsmen in the circuit, Sam Billings, hopes to learn a plenty from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the upcoming season of the IPL. The think tank of Chennai Super Kings roped in the wicketkeeper-batsman from England. Billings plays under the shadows of Jos Buttler in the national side.
Billings impressed one and all owing to his stint with Delhi Daredevils in the previous editions of the IPL.
The opener-cum-finisher Billings has the ability to play some unorthodox shots to upset the line and length of the bowlers up front.
Billings will join the likes of Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwyane Bravo and many other greats this season of IPL.
‘Bilbo’ came into the reckoning in the aftermath of the revolution in England’s ODI cricket post-disastrous exit from World Cup of 2015.
“I’m extremely excited to play in such a great side and learn a lot from all the experienced players that we have. I am very much looking forward to working with (MS) Dhoni, someone whom I have admired as a player for a long time as we play in similar roles (‘keeper-bat). So looking forward to learning from him,” quoted Sam Billings according to Times of India.
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Further, Billings used adjectives such as ‘exciting’ and ‘fantastic’ to describe the opportunity to play in one of the most successful franchises in the history of the competition. He is currently taking part in England’s unsuccessful campaign in the Trans Tasman Tri-Nation series.
“Ultimately there’s pressure every time you walk to the crease representing anyone. It’s more exciting to be a part of this awesome franchise and play with and against the best players in the world,” added the Kent striker.
“That’s why we play the game, to be a part of groups like this and play on the world stage, so I just see it as a hugely exciting and fantastic opportunity to showcase what I can do,” further augmented the 25-year-old.
CSK’s management intends to use Billings as a floater who can play in any position.
“Billings can make a big difference to the team as a floater as he is someone who can bat equally well at any position,” says the CEO of Chennai Super Kings, Kashi Vishwanath.